Austin for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Austin is, without question, one of the coolest cities in the Southwest, with a grass roots foodie culture, a beautiful natural setting offering ample chances to enjoy the great outdoors, and a music scene that's the envy of Texas.
11310 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758, USA
All things old-school are revered at this new North Austin bar, restaurant, and play spot—from bowling and shuffleboard to deviled eggs and spiked punch (the latter in a bowl, as the venue's name suggests). It might sound like your grandparents'...
5502 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
Around the holiday season, Austin has a variety of holiday markets with a dizzying array of locally made gifts, ranging from the good (handmade copper earrings) to the bad (Texas-shaped belt buckles) to the ugly (abstract cow art). But where do...
11920 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758, USA
Drinking beer at a supermarket might sound like an odd travel tip, but this isn't just any supermarket: It's Whole Foods, and you're in Austin, birthplace of the healthy food mecca. The massive market has a lot more than organic milk and bulk...
3401 Esperanza Crossing #104, Austin, TX 78758, USA
Cupcakes have had their day in the sun—the cake ball is the latest handheld dessert. Liberally coated with frosting, bite-sized, and almost too pretty to eat, you can order up a range of flavors: from seasonal pumpkin spice or gingerbread and...
East Austin, Austin, TX, USA
The East Austin Studio Tour is held every November when over 100 local artists open their studios and workshops to the public. It's a great way to discover the hidden art scene in the East Austin community. From the streets, most of east Austin...
915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Fresa's is a fantastic (and little-known) spot for a quick breakfast. You will know you've found the right place by the neon chicken sign out front. It's a design friendly and aesthetically pleasing drive-through, painted in bright turquoise and...
2918, 407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
5604 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
This Sengalese food truck, which usually operates out of East Austin at 1102 E. Cesar Chavez, is part of this year's SXBites, SXSW's food truck court on the corner of Rainey & Driskill. And it may just be the best of the bunch. The presentation is...
1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Takoba Austin is a great East Austin hangout spot for brunch, dinner or simply drinks. A covered outdoor patio is perfect on a cool afternoon. Try the Michelada, which comes in a salt and lime-rimmed frosty mug, filled with tomato juice, tabasco...
114 Linden St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Lustre Pearl had me immediately upon entry, with the neon sign above the fireplace reading 'ici tout est bon' (here, all is good). The space is hugely appealing, especially the exterior with ping pong tables and rocking chairs galore. With bars...
1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits...
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